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Good Neighbors Grant Program
The USC Good Neighbors Grant Program awards one-year grants to programs that focus their efforts on USC’s university-community initiatives in education, health, public safety, and economic development. Since 1995, 689 USC Good Neighbors grants totaling $18.4 million have been awarded to university-community partnerships that have a visible, positive impact on the neighborhoods surrounding USC’s University Park and Health Sciences campuses. Good Neighbors is supported by USC staff and faculty contributions with 100% going to community organizations.

Deadline
Grant proposals for the 2017-2018 cycle are due on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. A link to the grant application will be posted on this website in late Fall 2016.

Eligibility
Any benefits-eligible USC employee, group of employees, unit, department, school, or combination thereof is eligible to apply for a USC Good Neighbors grant. To be considered for funding, proposed programs must incorporate genuine university-community partnerships and support one or more of USC’s university-community initiatives. Grants are eligible for renewal on a competitive basis. Only organizations that provide services within the Good Neighbors service areas are eligible:

Health Sciences Campus Service Area: The area bounded by North Broadway to the north, Cesar Chavez Avenue to the south, Indiana Street to the east and Daly Street/Santa Ana (5) Freeway to the west.

University Park Campus Service Area: The area bounded by Santa Monica/10 Freeway to the north, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the south, Harbor/110 Freeway to the east, Western Avenue to the west.

University-Community Partnerships
Each application requires a minimum of two partners and a fiscal agent:

The Community Partner is a community-based, tax-exempt organization providing services within the neighborhoods surrounding the University Park and Health Sciences campuses (e.g. nonprofit community center, K-12 school, nonprofit technology center). The Community Partner may serve as the fiscal agent.

The USC Partner is a benefits-eligible employee of USC, group of employees, unit, department, school, student organization, or combination thereof who is eligible to apply for a USC Good Neighbors Grant.

University-Community Initiatives
The focus of USC Good Neighbors Grants is to support collaborative efforts that address community needs in the neighborhoods surrounding the University Park and/or Health Sciences campuses. To be considered for funding, proposed programs must be directed toward meeting one or more of USC’s university-community initiatives:

  • Improve the quality of K-12 education, and the quality of life for children and their families
    • Special consideration for proposals providing specific metrics to measure improvement in student achievement (e.g., increase in reading/writing/math proficiency level, improvements in test scores, application of learned concepts)
  • Improve health outcomes, particularly in the area of obesity and diabetes, and provide specific metrics for measuring improvement (e.g. exercise and nutrition programs, educational programs)
  • Improve community safety through community policing or other initiatives
    • Special consideration for proposals that address community safety through peace building, peacemaking, dispute resolution, mediation, and similar means
  • Promote economic development, including entrepreneurial stimulation, neighborhood beautification, and employability enhancement for local residents
    • Special consideration for proposals supporting job creation, encompassing training and small business development, and including but not limited to a focus on workforce training, entrepreneurship development, accessing capital, and securing job contracts

Additional Criteria
Additional criteria used for selecting grant recipients and determining awards are at the discretion of the grant review committee. Such determinations are not subject to review by any other party.

Information Sessions
USC Good Neighbors grant information sessions will be held at the Health Sciences Campus and the University Park Campus. Information session dates, times, and locations will be posted on this page in late Fall 2016.

Important Dates

December 2016

  • Applications for 2017-18 USC Good Neighbors Grants become available
  • 2017-18 USC Good Neighbors Grant Information Sessions [date/location TBA]

January 2017

  • Interim report (first of two reports) due for 2016-2017 grantees
  • 2017-18 USC Good Neighbors Grant Information Sessions [date/location TBA]
  • Good Neighbors Information “Office Hours” by appointment only, at the USC Community House, through February 7, 2017

February 2017

  • Good Neighbors Information “Office Hours” by appointment only, at the USC Community House, through February 7, 2017
  • Second check issued to 2016-17 grantees, following receipt of interim report demonstrating satisfactory progress
  • Application deadline for 2017-2018 funding: Tuesday, February 14, 2017

May/June 2017

  • Award notifications for 2017-18 USC Good Neighbors grants

July 2017

  • Orientation session for 2017-18 grantees
  • Final report for 2016-17 grantees due
  • Initial check issued to 2017-18 grantees (NOTE: Continuing programs must submit the current year’s final report before new project funding is advanced.)

December 2017

  • Applications for 2018-19 USC Good Neighbors Grants become available